Archive for February 8th, 2020

Any topic (writer’s choice)

Write a critical evaluation regarding the impacts Orville Dam has had within the region and regarding conversations around dam safety.  How as engineers can we make decisions regarding analysis, design and emergency management to insure the safety of human life?  Remember that it is important to support your position through peer reviewed journals and other relevant sources.  The following categories will be used to evaluate your essay:

1. Identify and summarize the problems.  Consider if there are any ethical or professional responsibilities in the situation
2. An explanation of how you plan to use this source to support your position

Any topic (writer’s choice)

Write a one and a half to two page response to the documentary Inside Job. The response papers should be a critical analysis of an aspect of the film either a response to one of the themes posed in the discussion post on Inside Job, or to another part of the film that interested you. Please do not attempt to discuss all the issues raised in the film, but instead narrow in on one aspect. (Similarly, if you respond to one of the themes I posed, you do not need to respond to all the sub-questions). Please do not summarize the film. The responses will be graded according to how well they critically respond to an aspect of the financial crisis discussed in the film. The expectation is that you will develop a short argument, with a clear thesis, that clearly gives your opinion about a particular topic and substantiates this opinion with information from the film. If you wish, you can also use the other background readings from this section of the class or elsewhere; using additional information is, however, not necessary, and the response should be primarily focused on the film.

Application 4

**This assignment may not be resubmitted**

For this exercise, I am asking you to refer to a real life case of government misconduct that affected the lives of  thousands of juveniles and their families.

CASE: Kids for Cash scandal

You can learn about this story by going to the links below. Go to all links:

Videos about the case:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zB8i6ftPU0&t=487s
https://www.msnbc.com/disrupt/watch/new-doc-highlights-kids-for-cash-scandal-178844227804,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNn-lzSYNNc
Audio only: https://www.npr.org/2014/03/08/287286626/kids-for-cash-captures-a-juvenile-justice-scandal-from-two-sides

Documentary: there is a documentary available, but we do not have it in our library, so you are not required to watch the documentary.

QUESTION: This assignment has 2  parts.

Identify a philosophy that justifies the judges actions and why it justifies his actions. (For this part, you’ll want to focus on the theories in part 1 of the book.)
Apply a philosophy that would condemn the judges actions and explain why his actions conflict with that philosophy. (For this part, you’ll want to focus on the philosophies in part 2 of the book.)
Review the following requirements before submitting your response:

Your response must reflect the material you’ve read.
Do not ask yourself, “What would I do?” ask instead, “What would a (hedonist,  egoist, utilitarian, deontologist, virtue ethicist, or social contract theorist) do?”
Content based on opinion does not count toward answering the question.
Be sure to cite the book as necessary according to APA style guide.
Failing to cite is plagiarism and results in a 0.

ECO 245 #2

1.        Use the information in the table on labor productivities in France and Germany to answer questions a through f.

a.    Which country has an absolute advantage in cheese? In cars?
b.    What is the relative price of cheese in France if it does not trade? In Germany?
c.    What is opportunity cost of cheese in France? In Germany?
d.    Which country has a comparative advantage in cheese? In cars? Explain your answer.
e.    What are the upper and lower bounds for the trade price of cheese?
f.    Draw a hypothetical PPC for France and label its slope. Suppose that France follows its comparative advantage in deciding where to produce on its PPC. Label its production point.If the trade price of cars is 5 kilograms of cheese per car, draw a trade line (CPC) showing how France can gain from trade.

2. Praschs article presents a critique of the theory of comparative advantage and the policy of laissez-faire that has generally been built upon it. Discuss his main arguments.

Application 3

For this exercise we will concentrate on the Ethics and the Corrections section of Case Studies in Criminal Justice Ethics. Because I cannot cover every case in the book, I will choose 4 cases to focus on, one case from each section. Below is your second application exercise assignment. Read the case I attached and answer the question.

CASE #13:

Correctional Counseling? p. 112.

Correctional Counseling?.pdf

Instructions

For this exercise, focus only on Chapter 11-12: The Kantian Perspective. In Correctional Counseling?, the shift sergeant in the County Corrections Complex is informed that a first-year correctional officer may be engaging in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

FORMAT

This assignment should be no more than 1-1.5 pages long, double spaced, 12 point font. You should not need more than 1 paragraph to explain the motivations of each character. Do not copy material from the text. Everything should be in your own words – this helps me assess how well you understand the philosophy. Plagiarism will result in a 0.

Your documents should look like this:

Summary of Kantian ethics:

Explain the difference between utilitarianism and Kantian ethics (deontology). Explain Kants ideas of consistency and fairness and their importance to rational moral decision making. Explain Kants principles of universality and humanity and how they apply to each characters actions.

Shift Sergeant:

Applying Kantian Ethics, discuss how the Sergeant is upholding or violating Kant’s categorical imperative and his ideas on consistency and fairness.

Note that I am not asking you to discuss the duties of a correctional officer. The focus is on their actions and how those actions relate to the philosophy.

First-year Correctional Officer Atwater:

Applying Kantian Ethics, discuss how Atwater is doing the right thing or violating Kant’s categorical imperative and his ideas on consistency and fairness.

Note that I am not asking you to discuss the duties of a correctional officer. The focus is on their actions and how those actions relate to the philosophy.

Review the following requirements before submitting your response:

Your response must reflect the material.
Do not ask yourself, “What would I do?” ask instead, “What would a (hedonist,  egoist, utilitarian, deontologist, virtue ethicist, or social contract theorist) do?”
Content based on opinion does not count toward answering the question.
Be sure to cite the book as necessary according to the  APA style guide.

ECO 333 DBQ2

Post two short reflections on
Part A). a quote from Farley or Rees chapters (in quotes with citation) or supplemental links that has some meaning to you.
Part B) 1 of the 5 discussion questions below.
Comment or Question in a reply to at least two student posts. Reply to questions or comments on your post as appropriate.
Must do parts a and b and comments for full credit.

Part A. Quote with citation, and what it means to you. From Week 2 readings or supplemental brows links.

Part B. Discussion Questions suggested. Required: refer to Rees and Farley and supplemental when helpful. Quotes helpful.

1. Explain some of the advantages of the system approach of Ecological Economics and Resilience.  Refer to Ecological Economics concepts such as Ecosystem Services, Feedback Loops, etc. and concepts of Resilience such as Complex Systems, Tipping Points, Dynamics, etc. Refer to Rees and Farley

2. Some sustainability educators (e.g. in AASHE) claim System Thinking is necessary and essential to understand Sustainability and potential solutions. Why do you think this is so or not? Refer to Rees, Farley (see also Buckland, Sustainability Meta-Competencies)

3. Resilience approach has been used by Ecologists and Ecological Economics for many decades, but now is in popular use and by government. Why do you think that may be? Provide example(s). What is meant by Resilience in your example(s)? Refer to Rees and Farley.

4. Do you think that some Sustainability problems are a political-economic system problem that needs a system solution? Why? Provide an example. Refer to the chapters by Farley and Rees.

5. State your own question and answer it. Or, post an answer to another students original (#5) question. Refer to Rees and Farley.

Optional, include image or video in your post or reply.

Read, View and Browse

PCR 3. Thinking Resilience, William E. Rees [Read] http://www.postcarbon.org/publications/thinking-resilience/

PCR 20. Ecological Economics, Joshua Farley [Read]
https://www.postcarbon.org/publications/ecological-economics/

Ecological Economics Part1 Daly, Herman  [Herman Daly was chief economist for the World Bank and co-founder of Ecological Economics now also embraced by UN Environmental Program]

[Browse]
Story of Solutions, Annie Leonard. 
https://storyofstuff.org/movies/the-story-of-solutions/

Annie Leonard is a great communicator of sustainability, and is now the E.D. for Greenpeace USA [View]
Sustainablity Meta-Competencies (Learning)
Sustainability Meta-Competencies  Table, Engle & Buckland [Reference Table]
Engle et al Sustainability Competencies White Paper [Browse]

Assignments 2

For this exercise we will concentrate on the Ethics and the Courts section of Case Studies in Criminal Justice Ethics. Because I cannot cover every case in the book, I will choose 4 cases to focus on, one case from each section. Below is your second application exercise assignment. Read the case I attached and answer the question.

CASE #10:

My Job is to Defend the Constitution, p. 68.

My Job is to Defend the Constitution.pdf

QUESTION

For this exercise, I ask you to focus only on Chapter 9-10: Consequentialism. In  My Job is to Defend the Constitution a defense attorney has to decide if they should work zealously to defend their client (p. 46) or provide only adequate defense. If the defense attorney works zealously to defend the client, the client will likely be acquitted. If the defense attorney does just their job and no more, their client will likely be convicted. To learn more about the role of defense attorneys and zealous defense, visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/criminal_justice/standards/DefenseFunctionFourthEdition/

Argue for or against each option by applying utilitarianism to the problem.

Consider the following as you write your response. Do not just answer these questions, use them to help you craft your responses:

What would revealing the information accomplish in the short term and long term?
It could take months for an investigation into the lab to occur and in the meantime the lab will continue to operate. How might this affect other defendants?
What effect might revealing the information accomplish if the client is acquitted?
Would making the decision based on the clients character lead the defense attorney down a slippery slope?
FORMAT

This assignment should be no more than 1-1.5 pages long, double spaced, 12 point font. You should not need more than 1 paragraph to explain each section. Do not copy material from the text. Everything should be in your own words – this helps me assess how well you understand the philosophy. Plagiarism will result in a 0.

Your submission should look like this:

Summary of Consequentialism (the category) & Utilitarianism (the specific philosophy):

Explain the focus of consequentialist philosophies. Explain utilitarianism and what makes an act right or good.

Zealous defense:

Explain zealous defense. Explain whether utilitarianism would support or reject providing zealous defense for the client. Consider this from both the act utilitarian (act in a way that maximizes good) and rule consequentialism (follow rules that benefit the majority) perspectives.

Adequate defense:

Explain the role of defense attorneys, and whether utilitarianism would support or reject providing only adequate defense for the client. Consider this from both the act utilitarian and rule consequentialism perspectives.

Review the following requirements before submitting your response

Your response must reflect the material .
Do not ask yourself, “What would I do?” ask instead, “What would a (hedonist,  egoist, utilitarian, deontologist, virtue ethicist, or social contract theorist) do?”
Content based on opinion does not count toward answering the question.
Be sure to cite the book as necessary according to the  APA style guide.

Rwandan Genocide

Illustrate the impact of historical thinking on personal and professional experiences Select appropriate and relevant primary and secondary sources in investigating foundational historic events Communicate effectively to specific audiences in examining fundamental aspects of human history Utilize historical evidence in drawing conclusions about the impact of historic events on American society Apply key approaches to studying history in addressing critical questions related to historical narratives and perspectives

Purpose of Incarceration

Please pick 1(one) of the five purposes of incarceration that you most strongly believe to be the highest priority of incarceration and discuss why you believe that to be true. One purpose of this assignment is to make sure that you understand the proper academic and professional terms that are used in connection with this discussion, so make sure you use the professional terms that are included in the reading assignments.

1.Punishment (retribution) 2.Deterrence 3. Incapacitation (warehousing) 4.Rehabilitation 5.Restitution

The Great Gatsby

You are writing a letter to Nick Carraway, so you probably want to start out with Dear Nick. As you write, think about Nicks personality and interests. You will have to decide how to organize your description. What section of town will you begin with? What part of town will be left to the last? How will you decide to divide up the neighborhoods? By wealth and social class? By ethnicity and language? By some other criteria? Remember to thank Nick for taking an interest in your neighborhood.

Compose your draft. Before you turn it into your teacher, try to share it with a classmate who lives in a different neighborhood to see if it makes sense to an outsider.

THIS IS ABOUT THE GREAT GATSBY, be my perspective for answering the prompt above

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